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Mekong Smile Cruise
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The Laos Mekong River Cruise goes from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and vice-versa. We offer a 2 day slow boat cruise on overnight in Pakbeng, and we will be happy to help you to get to Chiang Khong - Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai, Thailand. Please join us...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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07/152 Ming Muang Road, Huay Xai 05000, Laos
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Firstly, we have to thanks our tour operator and guide Cham for all the hard work he put into arranging and guiding our tour. The cruise was excellent and the scenery was surprisingly beautiful having been on the Mekong previously in Vietnam and Cambodia. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were picked up from Chang Rai exactly when promised, and helped across the border into Laos. The boat trip was a wonderful, relaxed way to enter Laos, and we really enjoyed the whole experience. The company were very accommodating - we booked and paid...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chris A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading many blogs and reviews on the internet about the normal slowboat and the cruise options, we decided to take the Mekong Smile Cruise. We are so happy we made this decision!! You pay a bit more but it’s so worth it, everything was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spending two days on the river was amazing, relaxing and a lot of fun. Our boat happened to be empty, other than our small group, which made the trip very enjoyable. The food was fantastic and our guide was informative and friendly. They were great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the cruise from Luang Prabang to Huey Xai and with car to Chiang Rai. Everything was perfect organised by Pheng and his team. On board we had a great guide, Sommay was friendly, knew a lot about the river, the local tribes and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The two day Mekong Cruise from the Laos/ Thai border to Luanne Prubang via Pak Beng was simply magical. Our tour guide Sammay (sp?) was helpful, informative and so happy to assist in any way. The boat is so comfortable, food delicious and the family...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sheena40
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Mekong smile cruise was amazing, the boat had very comfortable seats, filled with cushions and blankets. The whole team were so welcoming. There was a western toilet on board. Free tea and coffee and the food was absolutely delicious! Couldn’t recommend enough. The guide...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mitchelljamesridd88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was probably a highlight of our trip in Laos - a lovely boat, beautiful scenery and great staff - what else to wish for. Definitely better than a regular boat but at a still manageable price. Not sure about visiting villages as we felt...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ignaty
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

The boat trip is a fantastic experience; dealing with Mekong Smile isn't. The boat, the river and the visits to the hill tribes were relaxing and thought-provoking. The company is far from customer focussed. They 'forgot' to collect us for the five hour ride from...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Houmpheng D, Owner at Mekong Smile Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Hi Mr Alister Martin and Mrs Katherine Foord, Thank you again for your review Apologize for my team We appreciate any feedback. We know you are very angry, about the forget to pick you up in Chiang Mai Next time please e mail to my...More

Reviewed November 4, 2018

Two days slow boat down the Mekong from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang - what a great start to a relaxing explore of Laos. There are other options for this trip but Mekong Smile Cruise gets our vote. From booking, to communication via email, to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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katyj531
July 17, 2018|
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Response from RogerioBairrao | Reviewed this property |
The Mekong trip takes 2 days 1 night from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. I spent the night at Pakbeng. Mekong Smile Cruise service was fine. You can trust them.
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ljgill
November 11, 2017|
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Response from Houmpheng D | Property representative |
Hi, for the booking go to website Mekong Smile Cruise Many thanks Pheng
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